How to Clean Tweed

One Methods:Dry-Cleaning Solvent Stain Treatment

Tweed is a woolen fabric used in clothing outerwear, upholstery and amplifiers. It is a tough fabric that is moisture resistant because it is closely woven. If you are unsure whether your fabric is tweed, it is commonly woven with different colored yarn to create a "heather" appearance, or woven into herringbone or check patterns. The tight weave of the fabric can allow dirt or stains to be embedded, but there are steps you can take to wash tweed and care for it at home. This article will teach you how to clean tweed fabric.


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    Attend to the stain immediately. The sooner you clean it, the more likely it is that the stain will be removed.
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    Blot the stain if it is fresh. Use a gentle touch and a towel. Do not rub the fabric.
    • It is a good idea to apply a fabric protector to tweed furniture as soon as you get it, and occasionally afterward. Check first to see if it has already been applied. If you have applied this in the past, a liquid stain should bead up and be fairly easy to remove by blotting. The stain protector does not make it waterproof.
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    Read the care instructions on the upholstery or clothing fabric. Modern tweed may be a mix of other fabrics with wool, and it may be washed in a washing machine.
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    Evaluate the fabric. If it is an expensive article, then choose to dry clean tweed. Choose a dry cleaner you trust. Harsh chemicals like carbon tetrachloride can damage and shrink tweed.
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    Apply either a water based method or a solvent to the stain.
    • A commonly used stain removal adage is "like dissolves like." This means that the water in a water and detergent solution dissolves water-based stains like soup or juice, and detergents that are petroleum-based can easily dissolve greasy or oil-based stains.
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    Place a pad under the other side of the fabric to capture moisture and dirt that run off during the cleansing process
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    Mix a small amount of mild laundry detergent with warm water. Apply this mixture to the stain by gently rubbing it with a towel or sponge. Allow it to sit for a few minutes.
    • For removable tweed car seats, mix 2 cups of detergent with warm water in a large bucket or trough and soak before washing in the clothes washer; this should loosen dirt from the fibers.
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    Rinse with warm water. Repeat, if necessary.
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    Allow it to dry on a flat surface before using.

Dry-Cleaning Solvent Stain Treatment

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    Choose a reputable dry cleaning solvent or kit for the home. Choose one that is safe on woolen fabrics.
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    Take the stained fabric to a well-ventilated place. Some dry cleaning solvents are toxic.
    • Most dry-cleaning kits provide a stain pre-treatment. Use this before going through the entire washing process.
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    Place an absorbent pad under the fabric, inside the cushion.
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    Place the bottle on stain. Apply the solution and gently rub the stain with a small towel or sponge.
    • The stain should go through the fabric onto the absorbent pad or be absorbed into the towel.
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    Use other solvents in the dry-cleaning kit if necessary. Rinse, if directed by the kit.
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    Allow to dry on a flat surface before using.


  • When cleaning a tweed amplifier cover, use as little water as possible. If you are able, unscrew it from the amplifier box, spray with a dry cleaning solvent and clean according to package instructions. For tough stains, use a toothbrush to scrub deeply. Rinse, if directed by the dry-cleaning kit instructions.
  • Store tweed clothing and upholstery fabric in a cool dry place like a cedar chest, where moths cannot eat them. You can also buy moth deterrents at home stores.
  • If you have tweed upholstery, vacuum it weekly to avoid getting dirt embedded in the tight weave of the fabric.


  • Never place newspapers on tweed; the inks can stain the fabric.
  • Do not remove upholstery covers from furniture. Removing them can distort the cushions.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean towels
  • Warm water
  • Detergent (either water or oil-based)
  • Dry-cleaning kit (optional)

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